Dear District 163 Families,
Welcome to the 2020-21 school year. While this year is beginning like no other, we are committed to continuing our focus on equity for all students, engagement in meaningful teaching and learning experiences and excellence in education for all that we serve in the Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 community.
We will begin our first quarter, August 21st through October 21st, with eLearning. Our eLearing plan has been developed to ensure that all students, families and staff have the maximum benefits of virtual teaching and learning. All students will learn virtually Monday through Thursday through live teacher facilitated eLearning lessons integrated with blended learning programs delivered through enhanced technology resources. On Fridays, students will also engage in teacher conferencing and small group virtual activities. Friday schedules for staff will include time for planning and collaboration. We will offer Parent Education Workshops to provide opportunities for families to learn how to access eLearning through the Schoology platform. It is our goal that this learning management platform will assist students and families through streamlined assignment access and easier connections with classroom teachers. iPads will be provided for each student in kindergarten through 2nd grade. Chromebooks will be provided for each student in 3rd through 8th grade. Each prekindergarten family will receive an iPad. Our staff members have been provided with technology and additional resources to enhance virtual teaching experiences.
This year presents new and different experiences for each of us. However, I am confident that we will continually focus on four targets:
- Engagement with students and families
- Effective school environments
- Enhanced communication with students and stakeholders
- Establishing caring communities of teaching and learning
We will work together to provide ongoing social emotional learning systems of supports along with opportunities for dialogue guided by our ideals that support a culture of hope. We will also continue our work with the Partnership for Resilience to implement strategies for supporting students through trauma informed practices. Our educators will work diligently to create supportive and caring communities, celebrate and honor the differences among us and enhance our cultural sensitivity.
We continue our commitment to develop young leaders through equitable and engaging school environments. We look forward to connecting with you on August 21st, our first day of school. Our priority is the wellness and safety of all, along with excellence in education!
We look forward to seeing you on soon! Stay well! Be safe! Stay connected!
Dr. Caletha White
Superintendent of Schools
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.